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Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment

When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already limited pool of talent, mass retirements of baby boomers and difficulties attracting millennials—compounded by rapidly advancing technologies, evolving project delivery methods and owners demanding specific capabilities on complex projects. 

Owners also have become increasingly savvy and well-educated in terms of design concepts, construction processes and delivery methods. They want to be highly engaged in the construction process, and many have their own internal design and construction teams that understand costs, schedules and constructability issues.

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum

As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds of change last November with the election of President Trump, some fear that a string of GOP congressional special elections are evidence—although limited in nature—that the party’s opportunity to enact its agenda may be winnowing already, if not positioning itself to slam shut. 

Republicans not only have control over both Houses of Congress in Washington, but also have control of 34 governor’s mansions—up from 31 in 2016 and the high-water mark since President Warren G. Harding used a radio for the first time in the White House (and only four shy of the threshold to amend the Constitution on a party-line vote). 

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?

Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees while also remaining an independent, internally operated company—keeping the business “in the family” and complementing our core values and mission. And while employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are not for every company, Choate was a good candidate for this type of ownership because it has zero long-term debt. 

Service Above Self

Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors-Engineers, West Melbourne, Fla.—met up with a couple other local young professionals to devise a fresh way of networking. Seeing a void in a unified voice for their generation, they started 321 Millennials to bring together professionals in Brevard County, Fla., who care about the future of their community. 

Three Contract Options for Differing Site Conditions

The only limit the parties have in drafting a site conditions provision contract is their own creativity in crafting a site conditions business deal. 

Stay Ahead of the Contractual Curve

Construction is a risky business and so is predicting the future. Looking forward, two types of general contractors will exist: those that embrace change and plan accordingly, and those that stay the course and sink. Industry standard contracts establish the foundation for risk in construction, and they are changing too. 

Construction’s Cybersecurity Challenge

  In today’s evolving information technology world, addressing security risks can be critical to sustaining a strong brand in the industry. Businesses must take the steps necessary to protect their information and avoid damaging interruption of operations or, worse, becoming the next headline. 

A Small Team With a Big Heart for Service

“While it may not be large amounts of monetary donations, we are often called on for in-kind donations of our safety products and equipment for fundraising events. Typically, we support organizations that benefit the construction industry in some way, especially through education and career advocacy, and organizations that promote positive change in our local youth.”

Building a Team by Building the Community

Many organizations have the ability to show support through monetary donations, but Elzinga & Volkers involves each of its more than 200 employees—not just leadership—in the giving process. 

IoT Is the Next Frontier for Drone Data

  AEC firms are building on what wearable device-loving fitness enthusiasts have known for years: that measurement increases effectiveness, whether it’s steps walked and hours slept or cubic yards of earth moved. The construction industry is perfectly positioned to take IoT one step further and combine it with drone data to track and optimize operations for complete visibility into everything happening on the jobsite. 

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Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment
When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already...

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum
As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds...

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?
Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees...

Service Above Self
Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors...

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